Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation

France Légaré contributes to an article on the effects of printed educational materials (PEMs) on professional practices and patient health outcomes

Printed educational materials (PEM) are widely used dissemination strategies to improve the quality of healthcare professionals' practice and patient health outcomes. Traditionally they are presented in paper formats such as monographs, publication in peer‐reviewed journals and clinical guidelines. The objectives of this study are to assess the effect and explore the influence of some of the characteristics of the printed educational materials (e.g. source, content, format) on the practice of healthcare professionals and patient health outcomes. 

The results of this review suggest that, when used alone and compared to no intervention, PEMs may slightly improve healthcare professionals' practice outcomes and patient health outcomes. The effectiveness of PEMs compared to other interventions, or of PEMs as part of a multifaceted intervention, is uncertain.

Link to the study here  

By Sébastien Drouin, 06/08/2020